re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio) \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce relieved (audio) \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.
Recent Examples on the Web Our friend was shivering in a pool of frozen urine, but seemed relieved. Michael Pomerantz, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, aging Americans will be materially relieved of staggering costs that push them to, say, skip filling both prescriptions and cavities. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2021 Bridich, according to those on the Zoom call, actually looked relieved, as if a huge weight were lifted off his shoulders. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021 In a Paris school on Monday morning, parents brought their children feeling both relieved and worried. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 After receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday, Venessa said she's relieved. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 Kyle Busch 10th, leaving team owner Joe Gibbs excited and relieved. Hank Kurz Jr.,, 12 Apr. 2021 Henry wasn’t as relieved as his coach or Joshua Langford, who had seven points and nailed the clinching 3-pointer. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2021 When Wisdom and Akeakamai arrived at their nest site on Midway Atoll in late November, researchers like Flint were excited and relieved. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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28 May 2021

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“Relieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief


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